Life is full of challenges, and how we react to them determines who we really are. In these short stories, eleven people face unique challenges that are not always what they seem.
These, and many more. Will they reconcile their fears (and weaknesses) and rise to meet life's challenges.
©2014 Michael La Ronn (P)2014 Michael La Ronn
It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.
Reconciled People ranks somewhere in the middle of all the audiobooks I've listened to so far.
The story I liked the most was Arrowhead. It showed the boy having a conscious. The whole audiobook was thought-provoking with a religous theme to it.
Lori Faiella did an excellent job with this book. This was my first time listening to her and I think she is a great voice actor. I'd like to listen to more work by her.
I would leave the book title the same. Reconciled People is good.
I received this audiobook foc in exchange for an unbiased review.
Lisa M. Gott, Founder, Characters & Coffee
They say great things come in small packages. And the same can be said about La Ronn’s Reconciled People. A compilation of short stories which will satiate even the most ravenous of appetites.
La Ronn’s effortless and lyrical writing style sends the reader afloat a river of literary brilliance. The ride is smooth and tranquil. And weaved into each morsel of a tale is a grand lesson. Every action and every choice in life comes with a consequence. La Ronn forces us to come face-to-face with these consequences, be they good or bad ones. I am an instant fan of books which leave you not only utterly satisfied, but wiser.
My first reading of Reconciled People was actually not a reading at all, but a listening. The AudioBook version is stunning and Lori Faiella’s voice suits the stories perfectly, making the book come alive in unexpected ways. Only 1 hour and 38 minutes long, the lessons and beauty will linger on in my heart for much longer.
Therefore, I wasn’t quite done with these tales after just one listening. I then decided to sit down and devour the ebook version. And what happened? I took away even more from each of the tales. It was bittersweet to reach “The End” and say goodbye to all my great new friends.
La Ronn is anything but an ordinary storyteller and his words are sure to transcend time. I very much look forward to savoring more from this impeccably talented author.
Lori Faiella did an amazing job narrating this audio book. If not for that, I don't know that I would have finished listening to it. I just couldn't get in to the stories - they left me hanging.
I was given a copy of the audio book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
I love to read and working on my first book. Maybe it will be on Audible someday.
Honestly, if not for the sweet, soothing voice of the wonderful narrator this book would not even get 3 stars overall. It's not the stories were not good. It's just that the endings of each of them leaves you hanging wondering what actually happens next.
For example, in the final story there are two characters, a little girl of seven years old and an adult man who finds her when she is lost and tries to help her.
I am not going to go into the details of the story because there just might be someone who wants to listen to these short stories who might totally disagree with me.
However I will say that the final story ends with the little girl flying through the air tied to a witch's broom screaming for the man to help her, and the man looking up at the sky watching a dragon circle overhead and using a magic wand he finds on the ground to defeat a pack of fire breathing wolves while his whole world transforms around him from his modern world to a fantasy world of volcanoes and rivers of tar that will sweep you away if you fall into them.
The listener is left wondering "is this all there is? Does the man save the little girl in the end and destroy the witch? What happens next?" Short stories are not the place for cliff hangers, and every story in this anthology ends on one.
I will definitely listen to more books narrated by Lori Faiella! Can't say whether or not I would listen to anymore books by the author. It would probably just depend on the book. Just because I didn't like this one doesn't mean I wouldn't fall in love with the next one. And maybe I just need to listen to this one again to have a different opinion of it. I might give it that chance after I get through some of my backlog on my TBL list. After all, it is only an hour and thirty-eight minutes long.
I received a copy of this audio book from the author in exchange for a fair review!
This is a super quick read of 4 short stories. I would have liked a connection between the stories. They felt really disjointed and abrupt. Maybe more of a separation in the audio would have helped. For me they seemed to run together.
Don't get me wrong they were well crafted, I just needed more.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lori Faiella, who does a great job with the material. Her voices are distinct and consistent throughout. I was bothered by her vocalized breaths, you heard every intake. That is something that should have been addressed in the editing as well as the lack of a gap between the stories.
When it was all said and done, it was an entertaining read that held my interest the whole time.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own.
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